Supergrass – I Should Coco (1995)
Happy New Year!
Welcome to ‘Starting Strong’ – looking at solid debut records throughout the month of January.
Supergrass is the Stanley Tucci of music.
Anyone who has been subjected to one of my ultimate character actor appreciation rants can appreciate that this is not a slight.
The name Stanley Tucci may not ring a bell but trust me, he’s that guy from that movie you love!
– The flamboyant game show host in The Hunger Games movies
– Emma Stone’s hilarious dad in Easy A
– Meryl Streep’s loyal colleague in The Devil Wears Prada and devoted husband in Julie & Julia
Four roles that begin to scratch the surface of his film career, not necessarily overflowing with top-billed parts, but consistently excellent as a supporting player. I’ve argued he makes every scene he’s in 20% better and I’ve yet to see a conclusive study that proves otherwise!
So, do you like Supergrass?
Again, name recognition might not happen immediately, but try playing this scene from Clueless.
Oh yeah, I love that song!
Plenty more where that came from: I Should Coco is an up-tempo set, with Caught By The Fuzz and Lenny being two of the twelve other good tunes.
I saw Supergrass open for Coldplay in Glasgow back in 2005, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Coldplay had played the London Live 8 show earlier in the afternoon and had quickly flown in for the Glaswegian outdoor evening show.
The show was sensational: clips of Live 8 performances were played in between bands and you could tell Coldplay was fired up.
What took it from a great concert to a sensational show? The opener, Supergrass, playing an extended set that the crowd absolutely lapped up. I wasn’t really familiar with them at the time but I definitely left that evening as a Supergrass fan.
I Should Coco was also part of the best year of musical output in recent memory, 1995. Most will remember the headliners from that year: (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory, Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, Jagged Little Pill. Not to mention the cream of that year’s crop, The Bends and Different Class. Unforgettable performances all around of course but like any great movie, it’s the supporting cast that makes the difference.
Much like Mr. Tucci, Supergrass thrived in that role.